True Blood Season 7: We Say Goodbye to Another Favorite!
July 10, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Episode 3 of True Blood Claims More Casualties:
Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood saw the demise of another favorite character: Alcide Herveaux. The actor who played the werewolf, Joe Manganiello, however, predicted his own departure earlier on:
When I read the script for the finale of last year, I called it. I put it down and I was like, “Oh, Alcide and Sookie (Anna Paquin) are together? They’re going to kill me.” Story-wise, you can’t have her break his heart because then the audience isn’t going to side with her. You have to get her to Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) because they have to tie up the A and B plot. If you’re looking at a show like this where they’re looking for characters to help the show be vital, meaning you can kill off main characters and all of a sudden anyone can be killed off at any time, there is no one else my character is connected to except for Sam (Sam Trammell). So by default, I did some quick math in my head and was like, “They’re going to kill me really quickly.”
While Joe may not have been a fan of how he died in the last moments of Episode 3 (entitled Fire in the Hole), he is at least thankful that his death was not the result of a vampire – a fate even worse than death as far as a werewolf is concerned! And he is even more thankful that his character was not turned after death, as suggested by Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll).
And as for whether he thought Alcide had seen his full potential in True Blood, the actor had the following to say to TVGuide:
I feel like there was so much left unexplored. You never really got into Robert Patrick’s character, you never found out where his mom went and why [he and his father] didn’t get along. He had a love interest that really didn’t go anywhere. There was this little girl, Emma, that he orphaned by murdering her father — rightfully so, but still. He didn’t want to have kids because he didn’t want to pass his genes on. He is then given custody of this little girl who is a werewolf and there was no real resolution to that or exploration of him, out of guilt, helping to raise this little girl in the pack. You never really explored the guy. I would play him again in a movie if the rights became available. I would do a spin-off. I actually started writing a story line for that guy intended to be for the comic books, but then they got canceled, I guess.
As for leaving the show in it’s very last season, when asked if he took anything with him as a memento, he shared the following with People magazine:
When I got up off of that ground in 30 degrees after playing the death scene, I brought the sock home with me. I’m gonna frame it up and put it in my guest bathroom… I had to lay on the ground for hours, naked except for my [strategically placed] sock. It was freezing cold. The director’s like, ‘Stop rattling!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m trying!’
After filming a scene like that, I don’t blame him!
You can read more about Joe Manganiello’s final episode of HBO’s True Blood by clicking on the links in the sources below. Let us know what you thought about Alcide dying in True Blood by commenting below!
Sources: HBO – Joe Manganiello Talks About His Dead-On Prediction, Faking Sexy, and Alcide and Sookie
TVGuide – True Blood’s Latest Victim: “You Have to Get Him Out of the Way”
People – Joe Manganiello Took What from the True Blood Set?
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)